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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department and the State Police have formalized a "closest car" agreement.

Under the plan, the closest car to an emergency will take the call, regardless of which police agency it represents. Sheriff Joseph Gerace said the pact formalizes what the two departments have been doing all along.

"The general public doesn't care about the color of the uniform or the patrol car when it arrives at the scene of an emergency," he said. "If they are in need of police help, they want whoever is closest and can get their quickest to respond."

Both Gerace and State Police Maj. Michael McManus said the agreement has been in operation for a short period of time and is proving to be extremely effective.

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